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'British Queen'

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Incomplete passenger list. 321 passengers including 262 Government immigrants
Have 35 names for Canterbury
and 9 passengers for Wellington. 

Manawatu Standard, 18 February 1884, Page 3 Her Arrival in Wellington;
Wellington, February 17. The New Zealand Shipping Company's chartered steamer British Queen, Captain Willis, arrived from London via St Vincent at 10 o'clock this morning. The passage, which has been a most uneventful one, occupied 49 days 7 hours, inclusive of the three days detention at Sr. Vincent. She brings 321 passengers for all the ports, including 262 Government immigrants. The health of the passengers throughout has been excellent, and only two deaths occurred. These were of infants.  

The S.S. British Queen No. 3 Emigrants passenger list was created by Albert O. Ottywell, Despatching Officer for Agent-General for New Zealand on 29th December 1883. viz. 35 souls. equal to 30½ statute adults, have finally sailed per ship British Queen for Canterbury, N.Z. 

Reference: Family Search browse Canterbury 1884

Andovie 	Chas 		30 	Jersey 		Farm labourer 	Timaru
		Lucy 		28

Green 		William 	23 	Cambridge 	Miner 		Springfield
		Anne 		22
		Jessie   	 3

Hollanby 	Albert 		34 					Waimate
		Elisabeth 	35
		William 	 7
		Thomas 		 6
		Charles		 3
		Elizabeth 	 3

Hookham 	Frederick 	33 	Herts		Farm laborer 
		Annie 		33
		Helena 		10/12

Hunt 		William 	25 	Wilts 		Agr Laborer 	Rakaia
		Lucy 		22
		Caroline 	3/12

West 		Charles		24 	Berks		Coachman 	Christchurch
		Emily 		23 

Fraser 		John 		20 	Inverness 	Farm laborer	Wellington (crossed out, so didn't come out)
Mossner 	Johann 		27 	Germany 	Blacksmith	Christchurch
Wright 		Henry  I	23 	Gloucester 	Labourer	Christchurch

Attwood 	Matilda 	18 	Caerben 	Housemaid
Best 		Elizabeth 	17 	Armagh 		Weaver		Kiapoia
Benny 		Margaret 	21 	Devon 		Nurse
Gant		Annie 		21 	Suffolk 	Nurse
		Sarah 		19 	Suffolk 	Housemaid
Herbert 	Alice E 	25 	Germany		Nursing 	
Little 		Susan	 	30 	Armagh 		Milliner	Christchurch	
		Teresa 		21 	Armagh 		Milliner	Christchurch
Platts 		Elizabeth 	33 	Yorks 		Cook
Rutkin 		Elizabeth 	29 	Lancaster 	Plain Cook 
Simpson 	Frances 	18 	Middlex 	Kitchen Maid	
West 		Elizabeth 	17 	Berks 				Christchurch
Clink 		Margaret 	 2 	Germany				Christchurch

Evening Post, 18 February 1884, Page 2 ARRIVAL OF THE BRITISH QUEEN.
The New Zealand Shipping Company's direct steamer British Queen, Capt, Wills, from London, was signalled in tight yesterday morning, and came round Halswell Point at 10.30 a.m., berthing at the Queen's Wharf in the afternoon. She left London on 28th December and Plymouth at 6.30 p.m. on the following day, her passage therefore (allowing for difference of time) occupied 49 days 4 hours, including all stoppages, but her steaming time was only 46 days, as she was detained nearly three days at St. Vincent, owing to the difficulty experienced in obtaining a supply of coal. She had to contend against strong adverse winds and heavy head sea all the way to St. Vincent, but made the run in 8 days 7 hours. The N.E. trades were too light and variable to be of any use. The Equator was passed on 14th ult., and at the same time very strong S.E. trades with head sea and adverse currents were encountered, against which the steamer had to force her way to the meridian of the Cape of Good Hope. That was crowed on the 24th ult. the prime meridian being passed six days previously. While running down the easting, which was done chiefly on the 45th parallel, light variable winds were first experienced, and then fresh N.W. and B.W. breezes, the ship averaging nearly 13 knots for 12 consecutive days; the best day work was 322 miles. Cape Farewell light was sighted 11.50 p.m. on Saturday, and the Heads were reached at 9.30 yesterday, the steamer being there boarded by Pilot Holmes, and arriving as above Her total distance steamed was 13,212 miles. She brings 321 passengers, including 262 Government immigrants, who are in robust health, and seem of very suitable class. The passengers appear thoroughly satisfied with their treatment, and the ship's cleanliness is particularly admirable. Dr. Husband— making his thirteenth voyage in charge of immigrants to New Zealand— was the medical officer, and Miss Stubbs was the matron. Very little sickness occurred, the ship's hospital being unoccupied throughout. Two infants died. Every effort was used by the captain and officers to relieve the tedium of the voyage, various concerts and entertainments being given at intervals. The officer's names are as follows Commander, Captain R. Wills chief officer, Mr. H. Bocquett second officer, Mr. J. Shaw third officer, Mr. J. Walker fourth officer, Mr. Willis: purser. Mr. F. Shepherd; surgeon, Dr. Husband; chief engineer, Mr. J. Kennedy. She brings 1600 tons of cargo for this port. Dr Husband who came out in charge of the immigrants, proceeds to Lyttelton, and goes Home in the Doric. Captain Wills is a brother of Captain Wills of the steamer Wakatu, trading between here, Kaikoura, and Lyttelton. One of the pantrymen named William Robertson, has been arrested on a charge of embezzling stores during the voyage.

Evening Post, 18 February 1884, Page 2 Port of Wellington
February 17— British Queen, ss, 3558 tons, Wills from London and Plymouth. Passengers for Wellington Saloon—
Miss J. Cain, and 6 for other ports
Second saloon— Miss Annie Golland, Mr and Mrs Robertson, Messrs T. Hewett, J. Gill, J. Marshall, T. Lewis and H. Ashley, and 20½ for other ports. 286 steerage.

Evening Post, 19 February 1884, Page 2 Departures
Feb. 18 - Stormbird, ss, 187 tons, Dolle, for Wanganui - passengers -28 immigrants ex British Queen
Feb. 19 - Charles Edward, ss, 154 tons, Bruce, for Nelson and West Coast ports. Passengers— l7 for Nelson and 11 for Westland ex British Queen.
February 19— Manawatu, ss, 120 tons, Steele. for Taranaki. Passengers - 12 ex British Queen.

Evening Post, 18 February 1884, Page 2
February 18— Rotomahaua, ss, 864 tons, Carey, for Melbourne via South. Passengers 40 steerage, including 29 ex British Queen.

Star 18 February 1884, Page 2
The immigrants for Canterbury in the s.s. British Queen, which arrived at Wellington yesterday, are expected to arrive at Lyttelton by the Union Company's boat to-morrow. They comprise 30 persons, 13 of whom are single women.

Marlborough Express, 20 February 1884, Page 2
Port of Wairau. Arrivals. February 20— Waihi, s.s., 60 tons, Manning, from Wellington. Passengers ex British Queen — Mr and Mrs Brewster and child and Mrs Keonard, Miss Brewster, Messrs O'Brien, McConway and O'Leary.

Nelson Evening Mail, 21 February 1884, Page 2
Sailed. February 20, steamer Charles Edward, 154, Bruce, for West Coast. Passengers 22 immigrants ex British Queen

Star 25 February 1884, Page 2
As the Doric steamed down the harbour on Saturday last, the s.s. British Queen was taking advantage of the high tide, and steaming in to her berth. She is this voyage commanded by Captain Wills, who assumed the command of this smart vessel during her last stay in London. The sister shin to the British King arrives in good order, and will at once proceed to take in cargo for London, the bulk of which will be put on board in Lyttelton. She will then proceed to Wellington where a large consignment of frozen mutton, which is now lying prepared for her, will be stowed in her refrigerator.

Evening Post, 27 February 1884, Page 3
Henry Wallace was charged with desertion from the steamer British Queen. He pleaded Not Guilty. Sergeant Ready stated that the prisoner had been arrested in Masterton and remanded to Wellington. The vessel would return to Wellington about; Sunday or Monday, and he would ask for a remand for a week. Captain Rose, local manager of the New Zealand Shipping Company, informed the Court that the steamer would be here again on Sunday, and the accused was remanded for a week.

Star 23 April 1884, Page 3
The New Zealand Shipping Company, Limited, have received the following cable message
LONDON, April 21. Arrived All well, s.s. British Queen, from Lyttelton (March 6). Wakefield, from Lyttelton (Jan. 23). Ganymede, from Timaru (Dec. 23).

Press, 25 February 1884, Page 2
A sight of two noble steamers moving about in the harbor at the same time was witnessed on Saturday, when the Doric was going down towards the Heads and the British Queen was coming in to her berth at the jetty. The gross registered tonnage of these two vessels amounts to no less than 8300 tons, and as they are entitled to class with the best specimens of naval architecture to be seen south of the line, it may well be imagined that they formed rather an imposing picture under steam together out in the fairway, and that the pleasure the sight afforded a good many spectators was hearty and justified.

The British Queen to Otago in July 1884

Reference: 'Papers Past' - a NZ National Library website.

Otago Daily Times 3 July 1884, Page 2  Port Chalmers.
Arrivals: British Queen, s.s., 3558 tons, Wills, from Plymouth (15 May) NZ Shipping Co, agents. Passengers: For Dunedin —Mrs Golder, Messrs McKenzie, Ford, McCulloch.
For Lyttelton - Mrs and Mrs Rainbar and family (4), Mr and Mrs Mackay, Sir Bedell.
For Wellington:  Mr and Graham, Mr and Mrs Donovan, Messrs Hughes (2), Jeffery, Jackson, Blatcher, Jones, Johnstone.
For Wanganui— Messrs Salt, Elliott.
For Nelson—Messrs Loveday, Stansby.
For Auckland— Rev Mr and Mrs Webb and family (12), Messrs Barker, Fletcher, O'Brien, Mrs Dutton.

Arrival of the British Queen.

The New Zealand Shipping Company's chartered steamer British Queen was signalled passing Cape Saunders at 8 a.m. yesterday. She crossed the bar at 9.18 am., and was met in the Lower Harbour by the health-officer (Captain Thomson), with Mr M'Donnell (surveyor of customs), and all being well, she was promptly cleared in and made fast to the George street Pier at 10 a m. Since her last visit here in October last there has been a change in the personnel of her officers, Captain Nowell having been succeeded by Captain Wills. The following are the officers at present:
Captain Wills
chief officer Mr O'Hagan
second officer Mr Saw
third officer Mr Walker
fourth officer  Mr Williams
purser, Mr Flanagan
surgeon, Dr Graham
chief engineer, Mr Kennedy
second engineer Mr Connell
third engineer Mr Forrester
fourth engineer Mr Hutchinson
fifth engineer, Mr Wilson
refrigerating engineer, Mr Hamilton
chief, steward, Mr Ward

The British Queen comes into port in beautiful order, and reflects great credit on Mr O'Hagan, the chief officer. She brings 14 second-class and 30 third -class passengers, of whom four are for Dunedin and the remainder for different ports. Her cargo is estimated at 1600 tons, of which 760 ton are for Dunedin and the remainder for Northern ports. Both passengers and crew have enjoyed excellent health during the passage, which has been an uneventful one. The comfort of the passengers has been well attended to, and there has been no lack of amusements; while Divine service has been held every Sunday. We thank our old friend Mr Saw (the navigating officer) for the following report of the passage out: She left Plymouth at on May 15, experienced fresh westerly winds, and arrived at Teneriffe at 8.5p.m, on May 20; coaled, and left again at 7am. on the next day, had moderate northerly winds, and crossed the equator on May 28, in longitude 7.36 W. She took, the S.E. trades on the equator; they were strong, and carried her down to latitude 37 S longitude 21 E. The meridian of Greenwich was crossed on May 31, in latitude 9 41 S., and she passed in sight of Cape Town at 2.10 p.m. on June 8; thence she had northerly winds until June 12, in latitude 44 S. followed by moderate variables, with dense fogs, for five days, which prevented any observations being taken. On June 17 the wind came out from south-west increasing to a strong, gale, which continued for four days. It moderated on Juno 21, and the crossed the  meridian of Cape Leuwin on June 23; had fresh to ..moderate winds from N.W. to S.W., and passed the Solanders at 2 50- p.m. on July 1, had moderate weather along the coast, and arrived as above. The time occupied on the passage was 46 days 15 hours and 43 minutes, made up as follows: Plymouth to Teneriffe, 5 days 2 hours 36.minutes; Teneriffe to Port Chalmers, 41 days 13 hours 7 minutes. On her last voyage here her time, Inclusive of stoppages at St. Vincent and Table Bay, was 49 days 9 hours.

Otago Witness, 26 July 1884, Page 15
Dunedin.— The works at Burnside continue in full operation. The s.s. British Queen has just cleared, taking- 8467 carcasses mutton.